by Mariana Valdez
June 26, 2020
Aloha ukulelista or new ukulelista
If you want to learn to play ukulele, here are some first steps that you should take into account when starting with this new instrument.
You're going to love it! and you're going to have a lot of fun.
1. SHOVEL OR POCKET: This is the top of the Ukulele, it contains the pegs that hold the strings and tune the ukulele, you can call them by the strings name.
2. PINS: They are used to tune the strings by tightening or housing each string. Some pegs are placed in the drilled holes in the headstock, others are placed like guitar plugs on either side of the headstock. The most common material for headstocks is chrome nickel.
3. NUT / BONE: A slightly raised plastic or wooden bar, located at the base of the shovel, with shallow grooves for the strings to pass through. Sometimes when the bone of a ukulele is very high it can make our Ukulele mess around, the solution for this may be to file it, but you have to do it very carefully to make it look good.
4. MAST / FINGERBOARD: The long and thin part of the Ukulele. In this part you place your fingers to make the chords.
5. FREQUENCY: The raised metal straps that separate the mast into parts. On the uke the frets are arranged so that each marks a semitone.
6. STRINGS: The strings of a Ukulele can be of different materials, the most common are Nylon strings but there are also a material called Nylgut which is a material patented by the Aquila brand that simulates the gut.
7. BODY: This is the sound box. The quality of the sound, resonance and beauty of it is found in the quality, material and construction of the sound box. The material the ukulele body is made of affects its sound directly as well as the size,
8. MOUTH: Usually located high up in the body, it is a hole with an approximate diameter of one and a half inches. Its function is to let out the sound of the soundboard or body.
9. BRIDGE: It is located near the base of the body and is where the knot of the strings goes.
For the first time or every time you go to play a song:
The strings are traditionally tuned as follows: G (Sol) C (Do) E (Mi) A (La) and are numbered from 1 to 4, with A (La) being the first string and G (Sol) the fourth. The thickness of the strings is different depending on the note in which it is tuned, the thickest string is the C string and the thinnest string is the A string. This occurs because at the same tension, a string sounds lower the greater the mass / length ratio.
Use this blog to help you with fine tuning:TUNE MY UKULELE!
It is important to take your ukulele correctly, from the position of your body and the proper way to hold it with your hands. use your right hand to strum and the left to chord.
Glue your ukulele to the chest and with your right forearm press on the body part.
These are just that, the positions for each chord you are going to follow, and many times you will find numbers within these circles. The number means the finger you should use to put it on the rope. Try to follow that kind of chords, they will help you a lot,
but How to know what finger number it is?
We all have to keep in mind that your fingers are always listed to play string instruments, from pinkie index finger such as 1 (index), 2 (middle), 3 (ring), 4 (pinkie).
Have you used the technique of enumerating the fingers of your hand?
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHORDS
and ready! You already have a great advance for your first steps with ukulele.
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